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222 4/22/13 9:31 P
I hadn't thought about structure. My "weekend" is really Monday and Tuesday, and then my kids are in daycare Wednesday through Friday, so I keep them on the same schedule they have on those days. I check the clock to keep up with their routine, not mine. I'll start paying more attention to that.
Otherwise, as soon as the weather is more stable, we'll be out of the house to go play much more often. I'm really good at avoiding fast food so that isn't a concern, but I certainly don't get the same activity level when I'm home. (My kids are both under two, so bundling them up to go play in the snow isn't exactly an option!)
That happens to me as well!!! If I stay home, I manage a little better with healthy snacks during the day (fruit, veggies, and/or laughing cow cheese wedge with whole wheat crackers), but once I leave the house is when the problem begins. . .
Take this weekend for example -Saturday I had breakfast (2/3 c cereal and 1/2 c 2% milk), but then my cousin came in from out of town and wanted to go out to eat so we ended up at Logan's. The rolls and butter are my weakness!!! I ate a roll and ever so slightly tapped on the butter. I ordered a side salad and a vegetable skewer for my sides and baby back ribs (which I ate only 1/2), but I munched on some peanuts before we ordered. So, I thought I had done okay, but then the kids wanted to go to the movies and that's where it went downhill with popcorn, jalapeno's, and Butterfinger bites (another weakness). I didn't have supper that night, cuz I was still full. But I managed to go over my calories range.
Sunday we went to mass early and my aunt had me on the phone so I missed breakfast. Got home and I ate a banana. My daughter had a party at Chuck E. Cheese and the little one wanted to go so we ended up having lunch there. I limited myself to 2 (the smallest slices) of pizza, a couple of wings, and a salad and veggies from the salad bar. Ended up having to make a quick run out of town for a meeting about 45 mins away. Get to my cousin's and she had made an upside down pineapple cake (my fave) so I had to (liek someone had a gun to my head. LOL!!!) have a piece. Meeting ran late, so on the drive back home we ended up stopping at convenience store for food/supper. Again, I went over my calorie range.
Good thing with all that, I still managed to loose 1.5 lbs, but still it's very difficult on the weekends. I guess since we're off work, we tend to be off in everything else. I have no idea. . .
Probably has to do with less structure on these days and the availablility of food in your environment. Food is there so you eat it. Food is there so you feel more hunger.
Since you have 2 little ones, you are probably preparing for them 3 meals and 2 snacks daily and the rest of the time the kitchen is closed. You could apply the same structure to your day. And remember to have all those eating times at the dining table, with no distractions---no TV, phone, etc
Becky SP Registred Dietitian Nutritionist
Fitness Minutes: (24,911)
222 4/22/13 3:54 P
Okay, I don't get it. I just don't get it. I have no problems at all sticking to my diet (including eating at roughly the same time) when I'm at work, but on my days off, all that goes out the window. Big time! And it happens with every weekend!
I try to eat a mid-morning snack of fruits and/or veggies, and I keep up with my water intake. But why do I feel hungrier than on work days?? My activity level is less on my days off, too, since I'm not at the gym in the morning. This seems totally backwards.
I am an emotional eater, and so I know I tend to eat when I'm bored. But since I'm seriously aware of that now, I always ask myself if I'm willing to eat something healthy when I feel hungry. If I'm not, then I know I'm just bored or craving something. Plus, I have two little kids at home, so boredom is pretty much non-existent.
Help! Are you in the same boat? How do you cope? Maybe there are triggers I'm just not seeing? (Like, I've even considered if I'm "letting loose" since I've been good all week, but I just can't decide if that's really happening. Dang subconscious..."
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